Each week Ryan Gorman discusses important national topics with experts, newsmakers, and organizations working to make a positive difference in communities across the country.
Suicide Prevention Month Special: The VA, America's Warrior Partnership & The Wounded Warrior Project
Ryan Gorman hosts an iHeartRadio nationwide special for National Suicide Prevention Month featuring Dr. Matthew Miller, Department of Veterans Affairs Executive Director for VA Suicide Prevention. Dr. Miller joins the show to discuss the VA's partnership with the Ad Council on their "Don't Wait. Reach Out." campaign and resources available for veterans. Jim Lorraine, President of America's Warrior Partnership, also checks in. Jim Lorraine breaks down AWP's work combating veteran suicide and their Operation Deep Dive initiative designed to find answers to the issues driving veteran suicide and help save lives. Finally, Phil Krabbe, Marine Veteran & Dr. Erin Fletcher, Clinical Psychologist and Wounded Warrior Project Warrior Care Network Director, join the show. Phil Krabbe shares his personal experience with PTSD and suicidal thoughts, while Dr. Fletcher explains the Wounded Warrior Project's work tied to suicide prevention.
9/11 Special: 9/11 Day & The Feal Good Foundation
Ryan Gorman hosts an iHeartRadio nationwide special for the 22nd anniversary of 9/11 featuring David Paine, President and co-founder of 9/11 Day. David Paine discusses his experience on September 11th, 2001, his efforts to create a day of service out of that horrific tragedy, and the work to get 9/11 Day recognized as a federal holiday.John Feal, Founder of the Feal Good Foundation, also joins the show. John Feal describes his experience on 9/11, his organization’s work ensuring no responder gets left behind, and his battles with Congress to pass health care legislation for emergency responders suffering from the toxic aftermath of the September 11th attacks.
Semper Fi & America's Fund
Ryan Gorman hosts an iHeartRadio nationwide special featuring JP Lane, Army Veteran and Spokesperson for Semper Fi & America’s Fund. JP Lane joins the show ahead of National Suicide Prevention Month in September to discuss his struggles after being struck by an IED in Afghanistan and attempting suicide 12 times, along with the work Semper Fi & America’s Fund does to help veterans like him and service members and military families.
Direct Relief & Help for the Hawaii Wildfire Victims
Ryan Gorman hosts an iHeartRadio nationwide special featuring Thomas Tighe, President & CEO of Direct Relief. Thomas Tighe explains Direct Relief's work in all 50 states and 80 countries worldwide, working to improve the health and lives of those impacted by poverty or emergencies, including efforts underway to help the deadly Hawaii wildfires victims.
Veteran-Led Rescue Organization 'Project Dynamo'
Ryan Gorman hosts an iHeartRadio nationwide special featuring Bryan Stern, Founder & CEO of Project Dynamo, a veteran-led, donor-funded, international search, rescue, aid, and assistance 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Bryan Stern discusses his organization’s work rescuing Americans and our allies from countries where the U.S. government is no longer operating, such as Afghanistan, Ukraine, and Russia, along with their previous rescue work in disaster areas like Southwest Florida following Hurricane Ian.
A Woman's Journey on the Battlefield, Extreme Heat Explainer & Our Generational Divides
Ryan Gorman hosts an iHeartRadio nationwide special featuring Kelsi Sheren, Former combat veteran and artillery gunner and Author of Brass & Unity: One Woman's Journey Through the Hell of Afghanistan and Back. Kelsi Sheren describes her experience serving as the only woman in her specific unit in Afghanistan, along with the trauma she's dealt with and her battle with PTSD. She also discusses her work helping other veterans dealing with the same issues. Ray Stagich, Weather Channel Meteorologist, also joins the show. Ray Stagich breaks down the record heat much of the country has been dealing with, from why it's happening to what to expect for the remainder of 2023. Finally, Ryan talks to Dr. Jean Twenge, Author of Generations: The Real Differences Between Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, Boomers, and Silents. Dr. Twenge explains the differences between current generations, including technology's role in generational differences, and what we should all keep in mind to help bridge those divides.
AI Explainer & 'Shark Week'
Ryan Gorman hosts an iHeartRadio nationwide special featuring Dr. Bart Kosko, best-selling author, world-renowned scientist, and expert on AI. Dr. Kosko discusses his 1993 international best-seller Fuzzy Thinking: How AI Thinks in Shades of Gray and breaks down some key questions on current issues involving the rapid expansion of AI. Dr. Greg Skomal, Shark Week Expert & Author of CHASING SHADOWS: My Life Tracking the Great White Shark, also joins the show. Dr. Skomal discusses his life working with sharks, correcting public perceptions about the species, and continuing global conservation efforts.
Mission Roll Call & National Hire a Veteran Day
Ryan Gorman hosts an iHeartRadio nationwide special featuring Cole Lyle, Executive Director of Mission Roll Call. Cole Lyle joins the show ahead of National Hire a Veteran Day to discuss various issues impacting veterans nationwide, from mental health challenges to access to health care to employment. Cole also explains the work Mission Roll Call does in advocating for veterans, including the unique challenges faced by rural and tribal veterans.
The Global Citizen Movement & 2023 Global Citizen Festival
Ryan Gorman hosts an iHeartRadio nationwide special featuring Hugh Evans, Co-Founder & CEO of Global Citizen. Hugh Evans joins the show to discuss the work Global Citizen does to eradicate extreme poverty around the world, including the impact of their Global Citizen Festival, which features a call to action that pushes participants to make a difference in their local communities and brings artists together to raise funding for essential programs utilized in impoverished nations.
Project Yellow Light & The History of Independence Day
Ryan Gorman hosts an iHeartRadio nationwide special featuring Julie Garner, Founder of Project Yellow Light. Julie Garner discusses the issue of distracted driving, along with her organization’s partnership with the Ad Council for an initiative in which high school and college students create TV, radio, and billboard PSAs to educate their peers about the dangers of distracted driving, with an emphasis on not using your mobile device while driving. Historian & Best-Selling Author Kenneth C. Davis also joins the show. For the July 4th holiday, Kenneth C. Davis explains the creation of the Declaration of Independence, including the key players involved in the document's creation, how it would shape the course of history, and the impact it has had on the rest of the world.